"I am 59 years old and have learned a lot about cancer. In 2008 I participated in the annual health fair and I am glad I did. I had a blood test and was informed by the physician right away that there was an issue with my PSA test result. Two years prior I had a PSA test and there was no problem. The PSA is a way to check the prostate in men. The test results showed my PSA level had changed dramatically since the last test. I was advised to consult my doctor immediately. I got some more tests and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had no idea that I had cancer because I never showed a lot of the symptoms.
I currently am being treated at a great cancer center here in Toledo, OH. I have gone through external radiation treatments, hormonal injection and many other tests. On September 11th I will get internal radiation seed implants. I have had a few problems and will encounter quite a few more in the next months, but I do my best to work through them.
If I hadn't gone to the health fair who knows when I would have had the test and it could have been too late. I am telling all everyone that you should be tested early and don't make excuses. Any one who has an opportunity or is age 50 or more needs to get tested. Early detection can make treatment easier and your cure rate can improve dramatically.
You all need to take care of yourselves and your families. I have grand children and my goal is to enjoy them as long as I can. Only time will tell if the cancer is controlled or not, and as I tell my doctors, any day above ground is a good day. Remember this: there are no guarantees in life. My advice is to participate in your company’s health fair and see your doctor for a check-up. It bought me time. It’s a long road ahead, but I will continue to fight and will be more involved with other cancer patients and support groups. My goal is to be a Cancer Survivor.
This is my story. I thank Crown, Cork and Seal for offering the health fair and the Corporate Health Solutions physician who remembered me at the 2009 health fair that took time to talk with me. Cancer is scary, but must be dealt with."
"I was told by the doctor’s that if I had not gone to the health fair, I would have probably died. That was how high my blood pressure and cholesterol were!”
“I was very overweight, but had no idea what to do about it. I knew that it was affecting my life and my work. Corporate Health Solutions not only showed me that my concerns where real, but what to do about it. I would not have turned my life around without them.”
“I had no idea what a diabetic was and how it affected you. I found out through the health fair that I am a diabetic. They sent me to my doctor and Ginny at CHS called me to help me with my diet. I did not realize how bad I felt before getting the help that I did not know I needed.”
“I went to the health fair in 2007 and everything came back ok. Then, I went in 2008 again and the doctor at CHS saw a big difference in my numbers that alarmed him. He sent me to my family doctor and they found that I had a serious heart problem. I immediately went in for heart surgery. My family doctor said that going to the health fair saved my life."
“After getting the health assessment at the health fair the doctor called me and said that I had ‘elevated and accelerating PSA’. He told me to go to my doctor and show her my results. They discovered that I had prostate cancer, but caught it early. My urologist said that it was a good thing that I went to the health fair or it could have been much worse.”
“I was getting headaches, blurred vision and just did not feel well. I did not think anything of it. I went to the health fair and discovered that my blood pressure was very high. They sent me immediately to the hospital and got me help. I can’t believe how much better I feel. I didn’t even know that I had a problem.”
“I had been drinking and depressed for a long time. At the health fair I talked with the counselor and he told me how concerned he was. He gave me the number to the EAP and told me to call them. I did and now I know I had a problem, but now I am getting the help that I need. I probably wouldn’t have gotten help if it was not for the health fair.”
Corporate Health Solutions' knowledgeable staff provide thorough follow-up on members with disease detected during the health fairs. Additionally , the focus on the whole person — both physically and emotionally. These screenings have provided early detection of medical problems in our membership, which minimized the member's course of treatment (and discomfort) needed to correct a problem, while reducing Crown's health care expenses.
Crown has utilized the health fair services of Corporate Health Solutions since 2006. During the time, the population in our active Medical Program has remained constant and we have made no changes in our medical coverage. Crown has experienced an average increase in medical spending of 2% per year since 2005 — far below the national average. The impact on our annual plant health fairs is the driving force behind these results.
I love what I do for Corporate Health Solutions and Crown, Cork and Seal. At first I think employees were anxious about the plant placing a health care provider in the plant, but it has taken off!!! I see approximately 35% of the employees in the plant. They come in to the office for a variety of reasons ranging from Upper Respiratory Illness' to blood pressure checks, prescription refills and advice on general health concerns. They have even called me at my office outside of the plant to ask for advice. I think it has been a great benefit for them.
As a Medical Professional in a rural area I understand that there is a natural barrier to employees wanting to access medical care. Many employees did not see a doctor regularly and many did not even have a doctor. I was asked to come into the workplace on a regular basis so that employees could at least talk with a doctor. My conversations with employees on primary care topics like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and health care screenings have lead to an increased awareness and individual responsibility. Also, these quarterly visits and informal conversations have lead to the discovery of often overlooked issues such as hernias, rotator cuff tears and sleep apnea. In addition, we are working on other areas like behavioral health, smoking cessation and health care maintenance. These are major accomplishments.
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